Dublin City Manager Terry Foegler told ThisWeek he has filed an appeal over the issuance of permits that would enable Marysville to provide water and sewer service to the Hall's Corner area in eastern Union County.

Dublin City Manager Terry Foegler told ThisWeek he has filed an appeal over the issuance of permits that would enable Marysville to provide water and sewer service to the Hall's Corner area in eastern Union County.

Foegler said he filed an appeal Thursday with the Environmental Review Appeals Commission over a decision by the director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to issue Marysville permits to install and service the Hall's Corner area.

Marysville city administrator Jillian Froment said she was disappointed, but not surprised, by Dublin's decision.

"After three years of working closely with the city of Dublin and other jurisdictions in Union County regarding these issues, we are disappointed to hear that Dublin's mayor believes there is a lack of cooperation," Froment said. "The city of Marysville remains committed and open to working with all jurisdictions in Union County for the betterment of our community."

Dublin City Council last week gave Foegler the authority to take four actions in response to the decision of Union County commissioners to designate Marysville as the water and sewer provider for Hall's Corner.

In a 4-0 vote April 20, council members Michael Keenan, Amy Salay, Richard Gerber and Mayor Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher approved a resolution that says Foegler can take action to protect the rights of Dublin and its residents in relation to 100 acres on the northwest corner of the U.S. Route 33 and Post Road interchange.

The resolution said Foegler could take the actions "as he deems appropriate."

Council member Tim Lecklider abstained from the vote and Vice Mayor Cathy Boring and council member John Reiner were absent because of an environmental convention.

Chinnici-Zuercher said the resolution was "important because of the lack or cooperation with other jurisdictions and residents of this area."

Union County commissioners gave Marysville the right to provide water and sewer service to 100 acres bordered by Hyland Croy Road and U.S. Route 33. Dublin also asked for the rights to serve the area, with the intent of annexing more than 200 acres into the city.

The land in question will remain in Jerome Township under its approved planned unit development that includes the possibility of big-box retail uses. Dublin's long-range plans show less-intense retail and commercial plans for the area.

According to the resolution passed by council, Foegler was authorized to appeal to the Ohio EPA's Environmental Review Appeals Commission regarding the permits given to Marysville to install water and sewer lines to the area. Dublin is still awaiting its EPA approval.

Lecklider said one Union County commissioner said he voted in favor of Marysville because it has received the permits, and Lecklider questioned whether the EPA would issue two permits to install for the same area.

"We have no legal reason to believe the EPA will not approve two," Foegler said.

Council's resolution also gave Foegler permission to work with Columbus on the appeal and other issues that "affect the city of Dublin's interest in this area."

Council also directed Foegler to "re-evaluate the timing of the interchange and other infrastructure improvements for this area, for consideration of possible delays and deferrals of these improvements" within the city's five-year capital improvements program, the resolution said.

Council's other directive gave Foegler the ability to "take all further action that may be necessary and proper to protect the rights of Dublin citizens, implement the community plan and cause the economically viable development to occur in this area."

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